See FotoMagico in Action at the SHIFT Festival - tonight in Washington DC

If you happen to be in Washington DC tonight don't miss the event at Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. SHIFT is a Festival of American Orchestras and Boulder Philharmonic will be featured as the first orchestra. "Nature and Music" is this program's theme, inspired by Boulder's natural beauty and an example of how the orchestra responds to its location. The concert features a multimedia commission commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The composer Steve Lias uses FotoMagico to project the images in synchronization with the orchestra compositions. The event starts today, March 28th at 8 p.m. and tickets are available here.

Introducing Wedding Slideshow Pro Pack

Whether you are a professional wedding photographer or that friend of the bride who happens to know how to use a camera, you know that a couple of prints just don't cut it any more for many newly-weds.

Step up your wedding photography game with FotoMagico and this comprehensive set of building blocks for professional wedding slide shows. Dazzle the newly-weds, their friends and family and other wedding guests with an amazing video they can share on Facebook, Whatsapp, Snapchat, YouTube and more.

The Wedding Slideshow Pro Pack contains ready to use snippets for all aspects of the festivities, from the ceremony to the reception, including variations for indoor or outdoor activites. Easily create a shot list so you don't forget taking critical shots and quickly assemble a short trailer the newly-weds can use instead of a traditional thank-you card.

Learn more about the Wedding Slideshow Pro Pack and how to use it in the Tutorial video.

Wedding Slideshow Pro Pack is now available for US$149.

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mimoLive 2.8.1: Improved Streaming

Starting with version 2.8.1, mimoLive is changing the way it adapts to changing bandwidth when it's streaming live which will greatly improve the reliability of streams and performance in low resource situations. We've also updated the streaming info panel to give you more sensible information about the status of your stream.

mimoLive now adapts to having less bandwidth than required by trying to decrease the stream bit rate while keeping the frame rate by increasing the compression. Only if this is still not enough, will it also reduce the frame rate.

The streaming info panel is now showing you information about the bandwidth to the streaming ingest server that is actually available. This can differ significantly from the nominal capacity of your local internet connection, either because of load on the local access or because your service provider has a poor link to the network which hosts your streaming server. The panel also shows if bandwidth is sufficient to meet your settings and if not, it will show you how mimoLive deals with this. It will also give you more accurate information about the performance of the encoder. Previously, it falsely reported the encoder to be too slow when in fact the internet bandwidth wasn't sufficient to deliver all the data to your streaming server.

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"The new FotoMagico is still the best slideshow software you can find on the market."

MyMac reviewed the latest version of FotoMagico after version 4 already impressed them .

Among the improvements in the Options and the new Layer Category MyMac Author Steve Hammond liked the new Snippets Feature

" The one big new feature I saw when I launched it was the new Snippets icon in the Toolbar. As the name implies, these are predefine templates that you can customize. It will help you create stunning slideshows without working too much on customization for each slide."

FotoMagico 5 received the MyMac Review Rating: 9 out of 10 and is "still the best slideshow software you can find on the market."

mimoLive 2.8.1: Test the Alpha Channel Playout

We designed the Key/Fill SDI play out feature to work with Blackmagic Design hardware. We also tested it with the ATEM Television Studio which supports keying. It uses a method called premultiplied Key. mimoLive is therefore optimized for this mode of operation.

While working with a client who uses a different switcher brand, we noticed that the transparency didn't look quite right. Further investigation showed that that switcher is using a different keying which relies on a method inherited from analog switching systems. In this system, you set Clip and Gain values in your switcher that calculate how the key signal is interpreted.

In order to get this method to work the way you want, you have to find out the values for clip and gain in your switcher that produce the desired result. To help you do this, we have added an Alpha Channel Test pattern to the Video Output Test source you can use to play out and calibrate the settings in your switcher.

More about the Alpha Channel Test pattern...